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Nayar book calls Amrik Singh ‘IB agent’,stirs up controversy

‘Bhindranwale was Cong creation,Giani Zail Singh engineered Dal Khalsa’

Written by Express News Service | Jalandhar |
July 11, 2012 12:28:25 am

‘Bhindranwale was Cong creation,Giani Zail Singh engineered Dal Khalsa’

Veteran journalist and author Kuldip Nayar has courted a fresh controversy by alleging that Sikh Students Federation president Bhai Amrik Singh,who died during Operation Bluestar in June 1984,was an “Information Bureau agent”.

“Now that it is an open secret that Amrik Singh president of Sikh Students Union (read Federation) was IB’s agent… ‘Falcon’ was his pseudonym. Why did the government not have information from within the Golden Temple about the flow of arms? Was he a double agent,” Nayar has written on page 291 of his autobiography “Beyond the Lines”.

This is the first time that an eminent personality has openly pointed a finger at Amrik Singh. Earlier,some suspicions were raised against Harminder Singh Sandhu,the former general secretary of the federation,who was arrested during Operation Bluestar and was later killed by militants.

Nayar,in a 16-page chapter titled ‘Punjab in Flames’ has claimed that Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale was a “creation of the Congress.”

“Bhindranwale’s emergence on the political landscape of Punjab can be traced back to 1977 when the Akali-Janata government came to power after the Congress defeat in the assembly polls,” Nayar has written.

He further adds that “It was Sanjay Gandhi,known for his extra-constitutional methods,who suggested that some ‘sant’ should be put up to challenge the Akali government.”

“Zail Singh and Darbara Singh,who was a CWC member and later became chief minister,selected two persons for Sanjay’s evaluation. As Sanjay’s friend,Kamal Nath,a member of parliament,recalled: ‘The first one we interviewed did not look a “courageous type”. Bhindranwale,strong in tone and tenor,seemed to fit the bill. We would give him money off and on,’ Kamal Nath reminisced,’but we never thought he would turn into a terrorist’,” the chapter reads.

Nayar has also written that radical Sikh outfit Dal Khalsa was engineered by Giani Zail Singh to “needle the Akalis.”

However,the Dal Khalsa,has rubbished Nayar’s claims stating that “great Sikh personalities and the Dal continue to bear the burden of the sophisticated malign campaign of the indian authors and writers.”

“As far as Dal Khalsa is concerned there was no iota of truth in Nayar’s accusation,”Dal Khalsa head H S Dhami said while interacting with media.

He said it was the avowed agenda of the Dal Khalsa to confront and curtail the anti-Sikh policies of the state and that is why it had defied the mainstream political parties.

Tarlochan Singh,the former Personal Assistant to Giani Zail Singh,too has refuted Nayar’s contention saying that his mentor was not behind the creation of the radical Sikh outfit.

“Nayar has passed derogatory remarks against Sikh leadership of that time and had also attempted to do character assassination of Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale and Bhai Amrik Singh,” Dhami said,adding that Kamal Nath must come clean on the issue.

“He must speak out when he interviewed Santji (as written by Nayar),and who others were present during that time and the amount he gave to Santji,” Dhami said and challenged Nath to provide a evidence to prove his allegation.

Nayar’s book has already courted controversy after it levelled an allegation that P V Narasimha Rao had connived at the demolition of Babri Masjid claiming that the late Prime Minister had sat in a puja when the kar sevaks began pulling it down and rose only when it was over.

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